Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Weekend Autograph Opportunities: A Dodger, Two Lakers and a Ram

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities and events throughout the Southland. As always, be sure to check the Blue Heaven Calendar for other events (a link can always be found on the tab at the top of this page, just left of center), and always confirm with the establishment. Everything is subject to change.  Please email me with any tips about upcoming events in Southern California.  As the rest of the week progresses I'll update this post with other events (if there are any) as I become aware of them.  Also, I don't always list every event below, so be sure to check my Calendar.  I always try to favor free signing events over paying events.  Click on any pic to embiggen.


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Turner's Doppelganger - Some Fun Fantasy Cards


Like most of you, I was introduced to a fellow on social media who bore a striking resemblance to a certain red-headed infielder on the Dodgers -- Justin Turner. The Dodger Blue wearing fan was seen all around Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park, within the stadium and with numerous Dodger players -- enjoying selfie and selfie. After all, when you look like the older retired version of a very popular current Dodger player you're gonna have a good time.

Meet Tampa Bay resident James Worley and check out his style. The fellow sports lustrous red hair with a long beard to match, and a stout body that looks like what I imagine an aging and retired Justin Turner might look like decades from now.

BTW, you can follow Worley on twitter here: @RedTurnTwo. He shares a bunch of great pics with both players and fans alike.

Obviously, with Turner's doppelganger being the proverbial "toast of the social media town" I had to take a few moments to make some fantasy Baseball cards of him. Check them out above and below. I've even included a card that features both Worley and Turner in a selfie (below).

Blog Kiosk: 9/20/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Yu Darvish was very good last night. He went 5.1 innings, giving up one unearned run, four hits and a walk. He also struck out seven phillies. Per Ken Gurnick and Ben Harris at MLB.com:
"I think I'm in a pretty good place," Darvish said. "I think I'm where I need to be at this time of the season."
Unfortunately, one pitcher is not where he needs to be. Pedro Baez came in to hold the lead, but proceeded to yield four runs to lose the game. Per Andy McCullough at the LA Times:
“It hasn’t been a good stretch,” Baez said. “I’m grateful that they keep giving me the opportunity.”
Photo of Yu Darvish above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2017. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1907 the Dodgers are no-hit by Pirates rookie Nick Maddox, 2-1. In 1959 the Dodgers and Giants play the last ballgame ever at San Francisco's Seals Stadium. The Dodgers defeated the Giants 8-2. The Giants would play at Candlestick Park the next season. In 1993 pinch-hitting machine Dave Hansen collected his 18th pinch-hit of the season to set a new franchise record. In 2011 Clayton Kershaw becomes the first Dodger twenty game winner since Ramon Martinez in 1990. He defeats the Giants 2-1.  BTW, DodgerFilms was there and shared a video that you can watch here.
  • Happy Birthday, Nelson GreeneVic LombardiChuck Dressen!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 9/19/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Chase Utley remains a very popular person in Philly.

Pic above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2017. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 2000 a Dodger fan, in addition to other court-ordered restrictions, pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of causing a disturbance at a sporting event, and has been banned from attending home games in Los Angeles for 18 months. The irate patron during a May 30th game threw coffee in the face of a Mets fan who was cheering a grand slam hit by New York's catcher Todd Pratt. In 2014 Clayton Kershaw won his 20th game of the season for the second time in his career. He is the first Dodger pitcher to win 20 game twice since Claude Osteen in 1969 and 1972.
  • Happy Birthday, Sadie McMahonJack RyanRed BarkleyDuke SniderJoe FergusonScott BakerCharlie Haeger!

Monday, September 18, 2017

2017 Topps Heritage High Number - The Dodgers Cards

Now that you've seen the base cards, here are the rest of the Dodgers'. Featured below are all of the Dodger inserts, relics and autographed cards found in packs of 2017 Heritage High Number.

Of note, there is a Corey Seager Clubhouse Collection Autographed Relic card available that is not listed on Topps official checklist for this set. I've added a pic below.


Real One Autographs

#ROA-AT Toles                 #ROA-CB Bellinger

Blog Kiosk: 9/18/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


I want to send out a hearty congratulations to the Dodgers Rookie-Level minor club, the Odgen Raptors, for their first ever Pioneer League Championship victory yesterday. Per William Boor at MLB.com; "Uceta helps lift Ogden to first Pioneer League title."
Mitchell Hanson, who had been just 2-for-10 in the postseason, put the Raptors on the board early with a two-run double in the top of the first. Hanson's hit got the offense rolling and the Raptors broke the game open with runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings via RBI hits from Brayan Morales, Connor Heady, Luis Paz and Romer Cuadrado. With the offense rolling, it was up to Edwin Uceta and the rest of the Raptors' pitchers to keep the Voyagers' offense in check and that's exactly what happened.
Per Michael Leboff & Andrew Battifarano at MiLB.com:
"We said very little in between games, the players dominated the dialogue," Raptors manager Mark Kertenian said. "They just got ready to get back to work and that's very characteristic of this group."
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"They were fired up," Kertenian said. "They're happy for each other and they're enjoying each other. These guys understand that they are part of a good baseball team. They cared for each other and challenged each other, everybody feels very involved right now and they're expressing that."
Photo above of the team travelling home after winning via the Raptors on twitter. Below are more links to check out: